The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini's La Boheme

The Complete Libretto

Author: Luigi Illica,Giuseppe Giacosa

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1574674552

Category: Music

Page: 208

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(Amadeus). There's a reason La Boheme has been staged at the Met more often than any other opera: Puccini's enticing music perfectly conveys the enchantment of new young love and the anguish that comes with loss and death. La Boheme , the passionate and timeless story of love among impoverished young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world's most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression (even on those new to opera) and to reveal unexpected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Boheme is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things (a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor) that make up our everyday lives. This touching story of tenderness and tragedy never fails to move audiences and melt hearts.
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The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini's Tosca

The Complete Libretto

Author: Luigi Illica,Giuseppe Giacosa

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1574674501

Category: Music

Page: 208

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(Amadeus). An idealistic artist, a celebrated opera singer, and a corrupt police chief engage in a fierce battle of wills in this tempestuous tale of passion, intrigue, cruelty, and deception. Puccini's great melodrama may be set in 1800, amid the Napoleonic wars, but the conflicts between love and loyalty, the state and the individual, and hypocrisy and principle are anything but dated. Floria Tosca, the beautiful, glamorous singer who has all of Rome at her feet, is one of the iconic soprano roles in the Italian repertoire. She's caught between two men: her lover, the handsome painter Cavaradossi, who defies the law to hide a rebel friend; and the villainous Baron Scarpia, Rome's all-powerful chief of police, who will stop at nothing to crush the rebels and conquer Tosca for himself. This gripping story of torture, attempted rape, murder, suicide, and general mayhem is as thrilling and dramatic as anything seen on the operatic stage.
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Opera Classics Library Puccini Companion

The Glorious Dozen

Author: Burton D. Fisher

Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing

ISBN: 1930841620

Category: Music

Page: 712

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A unique and ideal addition to a sophisticated opera library. The PUCCINI COMPANION features each of Puccini's 12 operas: Le villi, Edgar, Manon Lescaut, La boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West, La rondine, Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and Turandot. Each opera chapter includes Principal Characters, Brief Story Synopsis. Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, an insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis, and a complete, newly translated Libretto with Italian-English side-by side (Turandot libretto is excluded. OVER 260 MUSIC EXAMPLES.
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Discovering Classical Music: Puccini

His Life, The Person, His Music

Author: Ian Christians,Sir Charles Groves CBE

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 147388845X

Category: Music

Page: 43

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"I recommend this book wholeheartedly to new music lovers" – Sir Charles Groves CBE Thanks to Nigel Kennedy and Pavarotti, millions of people have recently discovered that classical music is a highly enjoyable experience, perhaps contrary to their expectations. But the world of classical music can be highly intimidating and confusing. Ian Christians, for many years a passionate believer in broadening the interest in classical music, has developed a unique approach, designed to make it as easy as possible for both newcomers to classical music and those who have started down the path to explore with confidence. Discovering Classical Music concentrates on the greatest composers. The author takes you step-by-step into their most approachable music and, in some cases, boldly into some of the greatest works traditionally considered ‘too difficult’ for newcomers. Rarely does a book offer such potential for continued enjoyment. This volume concentrates on the life, personality and music of Edward William Elgar.
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Discovering Classical Music

Author: Ian Christians,Sir Charles Groves CBE

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473887887

Category: Music

Page: 691

View: 3511

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"I recommend this book wholeheartedly to new music lovers" – Sir Charles Groves CBE Thanks to Nigel Kennedy and Pavarotti, millions of people have recently discovered that classical music is a highly enjoyable experience, perhaps contrary to their expectations. But the world of classical music can be highly intimidating and confusing. Ian Christians, for many years a passionate believer in broadening the interest in classical music, has developed a unique approach, designed to make it as easy as possible for both newcomers to classical music and those who have started down the path to explore with confidence. Discovering Classical Music concentrates on the greatest composers. The author takes you step-by-step into their most approachable music and, in some cases, boldly into some of the greatest works traditionally considered ‘too difficult’ for newcomers. Rarely does a book offer such potential for continued enjoyment.
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